90.4 FM director sent to judicial custody, bail application to be heard on Thursday

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jun 17, 2015 21:59 IST

Booked on charges of molestation, Ashish Tandon -- director of Vivek 90.4 FM, a community radio station of Vivek High School, Sector 38 -- on Wednesday moved an application seeking bail.

Tandon was booked on Tuesday under Sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 354A (sexual harassment and punishment for sexual harassment) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at the Sector 39 police station on the
complaint of an 18-year-old radio jockey.

He was produced before a court on Wednesday and sent to judicial custody. Soon after, his advocate moved an application seeking bail for Tandon. The court would be hearing the bail plea on Thursday, when the UT police are expected to file a reply.

The police said the Himachal Pradesh-based complainant had alleged that Tandon tried to outrage her modesty several times. When she objected, Tandon told her that if she wanted to get proper training and promotion at the radio station, she was supposed to "bear such things".

The first information report (FIR) stated that on Monday, the victim had reported the matter to school chairman HS Mamik, who told her to give him three to four days to take action against Tandon. Later, she approached the police after her family advised her to do so. The victim was training with the radio station and was not a regular employee, and the director had recommended the school administration to pay her some allowance during the training period.

Mamik said the school administration was "leaving" the case "to law of the land".

Claiming to be falsely implicated, Tandon said the girl had approached them for the post of a trainee radio jockey, but failed to clear the interview. So, Tandon reportedly had recommended to the school authorities that she be enrolled as an intern, which, sources said, might have offended the victim.

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